2014 LGBT HISTORY MONTH
Governors State University celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month with a series of events during the month of October.
“For a community deprived of its history, LGBT History Month teaches our heritage, provides role models, builds community, and recognizes our extraordinary national and international contributions,” said Malcolm Lazin, executive director of the Equality Forum, an international civil rights organization.
LGBT History Month was first celebrated in 1994. October was chosen as the month for the celebration because National Coming Out Day was first held in October, and October commemorated the first march on Washington by LGBT people in 1979.
EXHIBITS & DISPLAYSOctober 1st - 31st
31 DAYS, 31 ICONS
Student Commons and Select GSU Monitors
31 leaders, heroes, and community members who have made a difference in the LGBT community will be highlighted throughout the month. Each day in October, a new icon is featured with a video, biography, bibliography, images and other resources.
MARRIAGE EQUALITY DISPLAY
B Wing Hallway
This is a brief chronological history of marriage equality in Illinois, the United States, and the world. When and where was the first "gay marriage"? What are some of the triumphs and challenges in the history of marriage equality? Find out by visiting this display. You can even request to have additional events to be added to the timeline that are pertinent to you.
LGBTQ LITERARY WORKS & RESOURCES
Seeking to be more aware of the LGBT community? GSU Library has a collection of books, DVD's and eBooks dedicated to the LGBT experience. Visit, www.govst.edu/library and select the Library Catalog located under Library Resources. Type in Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender or LGBT for your keyword and you will find a listing of items that are currently available in the GSU Library. Visit the library or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROGRAMS & EVENTSThursday, October 2nd
11am - 4pm, Café Annex
Join us as we celebrate LGBT History Month. The kickoff will include light refreshments, highlights for each of the upcoming events, and information about each of the LGBT organizations and resources at Governors State University.
LECTURE: HOMOPHOBIA IN THE BLACK CHURCH
featuring Anthony Stanford, Author
5:30pm, E Lounge
Homophobia in the Black Church: How Faith, Politics, and Fear Divide the Black Community explores the various reasons for the Black Church's aversion-and the general black cultural inflexibility-toward homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and acceptance of the LGBT community. It connects black cultural resistance toward homosexuality to politics, faith, and fear; follows the trail of faith-based funding to the pulpit of black mega-churches; and spotlights how members of the black clergy have sacrificed black LGBT Christians for personal and political advancement.
Saturday, October 11th
NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY CELEBRATION
Join us as we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBT) or as an ally. Hear stories from the LGBT community, their families and allies about their experiences and learn how to support those who came out. Refreshments will be served. ALL are welcome to join the celebration regardless of sexual orientation.
Monday, October 13th
MOVIE SCREENING: PRAYERS FOR BOBBY
Bobby Griffith was an all-American boy ...and he was gay. Faced with an irresolvable conflict-for both his family and his religion taught him that being gay was "wrong"-Bobby chose to take his own life. Prayers for Bobby is the story of the emotional journey that led Bobby to this tragic conclusion. But it is also the story of Bobby's mother, a fearful churchgoer who first prayed that her son would be "healed," then anguished over his suicide, and ultimately transformed herself into a national crusader for gay and lesbian youth.
Thursday, October 16th
ARTIST RECEPTION & DISCUSSION
featuring Raub Welch, Artist and Eric Vironet, Founder of Gay Straight Alliance
4:30pm - 7:30pm; 6pm remarks, E/F Corridor
The Endangered Species: A Visual Response to the Vanishing Black Man is a thought-provoking show where Raub challenges audiences to view the work that masterfully intertwines masculinity, sexuality, slavery, poverty and aspiration. There will also be remarks about LGBT history at Governors State University as part of the 20th Anniversary of the Gay Straight Alliance.
Tuesday, October 21st
A RAINBOW OF OPPORTUNITIES
Everyone has the right to feel welcomed in a workplace where principles of fairness, respect, and equality are valued and promoted. An inclusive workplace has policies in place to ensure equality in human rights, employee welfare and fair recruitment practices. This presentation will discuss the benefits of working within an inclusive workplace and how to begin networking with such employers. Students will also be provided with information and resources from the Chicagoland area and online to assist the LGBT community with career planning and professional development.
Thursday, October 23rd
MOVIE SCREENING: LEAVE IT ON THE FLOOR
Been looking all your life for a sizzling mash-up of Paris Is Burning, Rent and Dreamgirls? Leave It On the Floor (2011) is that and more, a supersized musical featuring a family of fierce voguing performers coming together to snatch a trophy in the big ballroom competition.
Tuesday, October 28th
SAFE ZONE TRAINING
3:30pm - 5:30pm, Hall of Honors
SafeZone is a training program open to ALL students, staff, faculty, and community members. The goal of this program is to raise awareness about the dynamics of gender and sexual orientation while exploring different ways to embody inclusive allyship for people of all orientations, genders, sexualities, identities, and levels of being out. Participants must RSVP at email@example.com by October 20th.
2014 LGBT History Month Sponsors
Civic Engagement & Community Service Center
Dean of Students
Gay Straight Alliance
Gender & Sexuality Studies
GSU Program Council
Intercultural Student Affairs
Visual Arts Gallery
We are looking for campus community members interested in joining our efforts. Send an email to Mr. Robert Clay, Director, Intercultural Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or call x4551 if interested or for more information.